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Around Utah

November 5, 2013

BILL MALONE, president and CEO of the Park City Chamber/Bureau, became president of the Western Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus.

Park City Film Studios Breaks Ground on New Movie Studio in Park City

Park City – PARK CITY FILM STUDIOS began construction on its new $125 million movie studio at Quinn’s Junction in Park City.

The new film studio and mixed-use creative campus will be built on 30 acres of property at the intersection of US 40 and Highway 248. The film studio will serve as an international full-length feature film and television production facility with soundstages, studio production services and editing. The creative campus will contain a film school, a hotel and a guitar museum.

“For years we’ve had large filmmakers come to Utah to take advantage of our beautiful scenery only to leave and complete filming and post production in other states,” says Greg Ericksen, owner and developer of Park City Film Studios. “Park City Film Studios will be a game-changer for Utah by finally allowing filmmakers to complete a film from start to finish without leaving the state, ultimately increasing job opportunities and growing the industry as a whole.”

During a groundbreaking ceremony, Park City Film Studios announced the selection of Jill Jones of AJC ARCHITECTS to begin the design and permitting process for the new studio complex. Park City Film Studios also secured Giant Entertainment & Management (GEM) to aid in the design and construction of the Park City studio.

SOUTHERN UTAH

Solar Project Under Construction

Millard County – ENERGY CAPITAL GROUP (ECG) is developing ECG Utah Solar 1, a 300-megawatt solar plant adjacent to the INTERMOUNTAIN POWER PLANT. The plant is expected to cost about $600 million. ECG will lease 1,754 acres from the Utah School and Institutional Trust Land Administration (SITLA). The infrastructure at the location includes a HVDC transmission line going directly to California.

The project is expected to create about 200 construction jobs and power an estimated 80,000 homes.

ECG has conducted a required biological study and cultural survey. It is also working with Millard County on a conditional use permit and is in the Utah Alternative Energy Development Incentive application process. Supporting the engineering of the project is Power-Tech Engineers, Inc. (PTEI).

“We are excited about the opportunity to develop ECG Utah Solar 1 in Utah, which will benefit several groups including the Utah school children, Millard County’s economy, Utah’s economy and the California utilities in their achieving the state RPS,” says Josh Case, CEO of ECG. “The ECG team has made great strides to date, and we are reaching more project milestones at a rapid pace.”

“The Office of Energy Development has been excited, in recent months, to see the uptick in interest in developing Utah’s world-class solar resources,” says Jeffrey Barrett, infrastructure and incentive manager in the Utah Office of Energy Development. 

 

St. George – An indoor signal booster from WILSON ELECTRONICS was one of 31 finalists for Best New Product at the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association’s 2013 Manufacturers Excellence Awards.

Richfield – PHILLIPS EDISON & COMPANY sold Richfield Plaza, a 112,954-square-foot shopping center located at 1080 South and U.S. Highway 89 in Richfield, which has nine tenants.

St. George – The National Ready Mix Concrete Associate awarded WESTERN ROCK PRODUCTS the 2013 Producer Excellence in Quality award at its convention in Las Vegas.

St. George – UTAH TRIKES opened a St. George showroom at 412 E. St. George Blvd. The company sells recumbent trikes and is headquartered in Payson.

Silver Reef – The WELLS FARGO SILVER REEF MONUMENT, INC. received a grant of $10,000 from the SORENSON FOUNDATION to purchase a buggy, brochures, internet design, directional signs and phone apps for the museum. 

MICHAEL TORGERSON of HintonBurdick CPAs & Advisors completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts to earn the designation of Certified Valuation Analyst.

Neurosurgeon and interventional neuroradiologist BENJAMIN FOX joined Dixie Regional Medical Center. Fox spent the past two years completing a fellowship in Tennessee.

Wilson Electronics, LLC hired CHRISTOPHER RUTHERFORD as vice president of sales and marketing. Most recently, Rutherford was vice president of consumer electronics at Homedics.  Wilson Electronics also hired JEFFREY GUDEWICZ as director of business development and product line management. Gudewicz was previously senior strategic sales manager at RF Micro Devices, Inc. 

Bank of Utah hired STEVE EMPEY as senior vice president and senior relationship manager at its St. George branch. He previously served as executive vice president and chief credit officer at Prime Alliance Bank The company also hired ERIC ALLSOP as assistant vice president and southern division mortgage manager for the St. George branch. Allsop worked from 2004 to 2008 as manager of Bank of Utah’s mortgage department in St. George.

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